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Judge Rules Man’s 14th And 15th DUI Sentences Too Harsh

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PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) – An appeals court says a man must be resentenced for what prosecutors say are his 14th and 15th drunken driving convictions because the seven- to 15-year prison sentence he received in 2011 was too harsh.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Pennsylvania Superior Court found Allegheny County Judge David Cashman didn’t give due consideration to whether 58-year-old Richard Caporal might qualify for a reduced sentence under the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program.

Caporal pleaded guilty in June 2011 to a plea bargain including a 2½- to 5-year sentence which Cashman rejected as too lenient. The judge called Caporal at “terrorist,” citing his 34-year history of drunken driving offenses.

No matter what happens to his prison sentence, Caporal won’t be eligible for a driver’s license until the year 2043.

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